Upcycle ideas for the garden. While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new should balance old. Having too many old items (or new items) can take away from your garden's overall appeal . . . If you enjoy this Magazine, you will love my blog: http://upcycledgardenstyle.blogspot.com
Turn a short stepladder into a garden focal point with a coat of bright paint, then decorate the steps with your favorite potted combinations in cans. Look for old ladders at garage and estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets.
Recycle flea-market finds, wooden boxes, garden accessories, kitchen bowls and more into fun container gardens. Find more ideas, here: http://goo.gl/bqMJd
"I made these planters for carrots and other veggies that can grow in small containers. All you need is a 5 gallon bucket, drill some holes for drainage, wrap in burlap potato sacks and fill with planting mix."
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"My wife wanted a dry-bed bridge for the backyard to compliment all of other landscaping ideas, so this is how it looks! Your probably wondering what this has to do with junk, right? Well, we had this old, beat up headboard and footboard laying around and we wanted the bridge to look unique, so we made those the hand railings. We turned them upside down to give the bridge a unique look, gave the railing a coat of off-white paint, and stained the rest of the bridge a dark green."
Using a chandelier found in the attic of a local antique store, Debra Anchors created this charming feature for her cottage-inspired garden.
Once you find a light fixture to re-purpose, strip the wiring and then follow the pictorial instructions to create your own solar-powered chandelier. Debra used a rubber-based, permanent bonding agent to attach the glass to the fixture base.
With ground covers on the roof, these easy-to-make feeders shelter the seed naturally.
One mud flat equals one bird-feeder roof: That's the formula for the canopy on these easy-to-construct bird feeders. Sturdy ground covers, such as moss, ivy, thyme, and small sedums, will grow in the shallow depth of the feeders' roofs.
Find the instructions to make a few of your own roof-top garden feeders, here: http://goo.gl/wo08Z
"Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) this hanging herb garden is the perfect project to get you in gear for spring."